Trump, Clinton Win Florida, Rubio Drops Out

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After failing to win his home state in his quest for the Republican nomination for president, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio suspended his campaign on Tuesday night. “While we are on the right side, this year, we will not be on the winning side,” Rubio told supporters in Miami.

But while the evening was bad news for Florida’s sitting senator, it was a great night for Republican Party of Sarasota Chairman Joe Gruters, the Florida chairman for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, who became the winner of Florida’s 99 delegates toward the party nomination. Gruters credited the fact Trump had staff on the ground in this state since October. “It was a great night for the team,” Gruters said. “Trump will unite the GOP.”

The Florida primary Tuesday night had a major impact on the course of the Republican and Democrat nomination fights, with Trump winning on the Republican side and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic primary.  

With more than 99 percent of precincts reporting in Florida, Trump won 45.78 percent of the vote (1,071,590 votes) to Rubio’s 26.99 percent (631,929 votes). Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won 17.13 percent (400,923 votes) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich took 6.77 percent (158,485 votes). Former Gov. Jeb Bush, while out of the running, ended up with 1.85 percent of the vote (43,359 votes). In Sarasota County, Trump won 47.31 percent of the vote, and in Manatee, he won 47.19 percent. 

On the Democratic side, Clinton won the Florida vote with 64.45 percent (1,090,698 votes) to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 33.27 percent (563,071). Clinton won 61.13 percent of the vote in Sarasota and 62.52 percent in Manatee. As a result, Clinton wins 122 of Florida’s pledged delegates for the nomination and Sanders picks up 60.

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